Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey will announce that she is charging George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
This news comes after attorneys formerly representing Zimmerman announced an end to their relationship on Tuesday.
Now, word is circulating that Zimmerman may be a potential risk to flee. Zimmerman's former attorneys made a point to say this suspicion is unfounded; they are confident that Zimmerman will appear before the court.
The two attorneys, Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner, expressed concern over Zimmerman’s emotional condition. “He is largely alone,” Uhrig explained, “you might even say he is emotionally crippled by virtue of the pressure of this case.” This is an understandable reaction to the public outcry surrounding Trayvon Martin’s shooting, which has gone so far as to include marches and even a bounty placed on his head by The Black Panther Party. Zimmerman’s attorneys told reporters that he had dropped contact with them and no longer expressed interest in their representation.
Zimmerman has, however, reached out in other areas. Angela Corey, special prosecutor for the state of Florida, received a phone call from Zimmerman, although the conversation was reportedly refused since Zimmerman was speaking without the company of his representation.
In another odd move, Zimmerman has also reportedly reached out to Fox News host Sean Hannity, who discussed the issue on air Tuesday night. “I was contacted by an individual that we in fact believe was George Zimmerman,” he said. The conversation itself has remained private. "We spoke on the phone about his case,” Hannity went on , “and I agreed not to report on the contents of that conversation. That's it."
All of this comes together to paint a rather poor picture of Zimmerman. While it is undeniably true that the shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin has garnered far more public attention than anyone could expect, this is definitely not the time to lose one’s head. By cutting off contact with his attorneys and pursuing a conversation with special prosecutor Corey, Zimmerman comes off as a desperate man who cannot stand against the public – a guilty man who folds before the crowd.
Now thatCorywill put Zimmerman on trial,he will be sorry that he broke off ties with the very people who were trying to help him. Uhrig and Sonner seem to have legitimate concerns about his health and well-being, and Zimmerman allegedly refuses even a phone call. It’s a hard situation, certainly, but now is not the time to lose one’s head.